It is a rare find to come across a woman that does not appreciate and have a deep affection for Chocolate. Chocolate is like that steadfast friend, always there when you need them. Remember those lonely Valentine’s Days in high school spent at home watching Sleepless in Seattle? Kleenex box in hand and undoubtedly accompanied by a box of Russell Stover’s your mom bought you. What about that time that boy from College – you know, the one with the long brown hair and plaid shirt who plays the guitar barefoot in the grass – remember when you thought everything was going right and you found him kissing that other girl in the courtyard. Who was there for you? Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie, that’s who.
Being a woman, I know how chocolate has that effect over us. It’s a comfort, it’s a joy, and it’s just plain delicious. Keeping this in mind, I decided to make a dense, rich, flourless chocolate cake. And let me tell you – This one ain’t nothin’ to cry about.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
18 (1 ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate
1 cup unsalted butter (room temp) cubed
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease one 10 inch Spring Form pan and dust with cocoa powder. Wrap outside of spring form pan with tinfoil and set into a roasting pan for water bath. Set aside.
2. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the water, salt and sugar. Stir until completely dissolved and set aside.
3. In a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water melt the bittersweet chocolate. (make sure no moisture gets into the chocolate or it will seize) Pour the chocolate into the bowl of an electric mixer.
4. Beat butter into chocolate one piece at a time. Beat in the hot sugar-water. Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared spring form pan. Fill roasting pan with about ½ inch of water
6. Bake cake in the water bath for 45 minutes. Chill cake overnight in the pan. Unhinge spring form and turn cake onto a plate. Slide a knife under the cake if you need help. Dust with cocoa powder.
Slice and serve. This cake is rich and fudgy, so a small slice will do. But I won’t judge you if you eat half the cake. This would be a great dessert for Valentine’s Day – after all, Chocolate is an aphrodisiac. You can cut the sweetness of the cake by making a raspberry sauce and drizzle a little over each slice. YUM!